Price range
From $7,150 per person
Upcoming Date
07 Nov 2024 - 15 Nov 2024
Tour Time
9 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
07 - 15 Nov 2024
13 - 21 Feb 2025
An off-the-beaten track culinary experience complements the movie “In Search of Israeli Cuisine” which was filmed in Israel. This unique itinerary delves into the complexities of defining ISRAELI cuisine while offering the participant the essence of being Israeli. Aliza Green will be the special guest group leader on the November 2024 trip. Aliza Green is one of our favorite Via Sabra tour leaders, and an experienced chef herself leading culinary tours around the world. This trip will include hands-on cooking workshops, home hospitality, and the best culinary treasures Israel has to offer.


1 - Thursday ( November 7 ) : What is Israeli Cuisine?



  • 15:00 Meet your group members and guide in the hotel lobby

  • “What makes Israel a unique culinary story?” - Introduction and opening conversation with your group leader: “What makes Israel a unique culinary story?”

  • Machane Yehuda Market Culinary Tour - In the heart of Jerusalem, a bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor, a tasting tour through Machane Yehuda Market is an adventure for your taste buds. Enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors, and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers.

  • Cocktails and night experience in the market

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: culinary tour in Machne Yehuda Market

2 - Friday ( November 8 ) : Shabbat Flavor



  • Breakfast at your hotel - Every morning you'll enjoy a delicious buffet Israeli breakfast in your hotel.

  • Did you see Shtisl? - A taste of the Ultra-Orthodox world-walk the streets of the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods, get to know the people, the food, and feel the vibrations of this life. On a busy Friday morning, when people are preparing for Shabbat, gain a more complex appreciation for the people by visiting various institutions, seeing unique leisure, and art. And of course try freshly baked challah.

  • Metzilot Mazon - tastes from the Pantry - The Jerusalem Food Rescuers aims to create a more just and sustainable urban food system with less waste. Working with the wholesale market, they divert surplus produce that would have otherwise gone to waste and support communities that don’t have equitable access to food. Learn about food preservation techniques in different traditions throughout history, and explore the roll of preservation as a necessary tool. Taste a variety of treats from the pantry.

  • Salatim workshop with Chef Aliza Green - Prepare together with Aliza the top Israeli salads and dips that are an excellent addition for the meals you host.

  • Proceed back to the hotel for free time

  • Shabbat Festive Dinner and home hospitality

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, Shabbat Friday night group dinner, bakeries tour, tastings from the pantry

3 - Saturday ( November 9 ) : Rural to Urban



  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Morning culinary and multicultural tour of Jerusalem's Old City - Walk through Old City seeing the historical and religious sites. See some off-the-beaten track sites in the winding alleyways and enjoy some Jerusalem delicacies. We will have a “taste of history” that interweaves stories and anecdotes, historical information, and, of course, combines the senses of smell, taste, and sound.

  • Sataf nature hike - Explore the Jerusalem Hills at the beautiful Sataf forest for a hike through the area. The Sataf is on the site of ancient agricultural terraces which date to the time of the ancient Israelites. If it’s warm enough, there’s even an option to take a dip in some of the natural springs. Along the way - forage for edible plants and learn about the Biblical diet.

  • Authentic lunch at Majda restaurant - Majda, a restaurant in the Jerusalem Hills village of Ein Rafa, is famous for its innovative fusion cuisine, beautiful property, views from its rooftop, and for an appearance on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. The menu is full of creative local dishes all prepared by Yakub and Michal, the Arab-Jewish couple who own Majda. (late meal is included)

  • Proceed back to Jerusalem

  • Free evening and dinner on own

  • Jerusalem

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

4 - Sunday ( November 10 ) : Abundance



  • Breakfast at your hotel & check-out

  • Kishor Winery - Wine Tasting at Kishor Winery located in Kishorit, a village for adults with special needs. The members of the community enjoy a full life, including meaningful employment. In conjunction with the professional staff, the members take an active part in the grape cultivation, bottling, and marketing of the wines. The Visitors’ Center also employs Kishorit members who host guests, interact with members of the general community, and give guided tours.

  • Havat Rom - Farm to Table - A visit to a magical organic farm, located on a mountain with a beautiful view of Meron Mountain. This is an agricultural organic farm, where they use ancient knowledge along with modern tools. Trying to find the balance between humans and nature. Enjoy a light meal from the fresh produce and excellent cheese.

  • Druze home hospitality, cooking workshop and dinner - Together with your hosts in their private home, prepare traditional Druze Galilean dishes and then enjoy the feast you create. Learn about Druze culture and history from your hosts and from the food you eat.

  • Proceed to your hotel & check-in

  • North

Overnight: North
Meal Plan: breakfast, Druze home hospitality and dinner, wine tastings and light snacks, Lunch at goat cheese farm

5 - Monday ( November 11 ) : Living off the Land



  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Lookout over the border with Syria and Jordan - A geo-political short brief from your guide overlooking the border with the neighboring countries. Get a better understanding of the geography and strategic role this region has for the State of Israel. Your guide touches on the nuances of living so close to the Syrian border and what that has meant for Israel as it relates to security and humanitarian issues.

  • Uri Mayer Chizzik Sustainable Eating - Get to know local, wild food from nature– and dishes prepared today from food that has grown here throughout history with Dr. Uri Mayer-Chissick, an expert on the history of local food and nutrition in the Middle-East and author of the Israeli guide to foraging wild edible plants.

  • Bio Bee Agri-tour - In Sde Eliyahu learn about this pioneer Kibbutz of organic farming in Israel. While visiting the fields we not only learn about the benefits of organic farming but also about biological pest control. The Kibbutz established the first biological pest control company in Israel and is a world leader in the field of biological pest control and bumblebees for pollination.

  • Dinner at Rutenberg Restaurant - Situated on the banks of the Jordan, next to the old Gesher conservation site. The three bridges over the river and 10,000 years of human history attest to the fertility of the flora and fauna of the Jordan Valley. "We believe in seasonal local cuisine and are constantly in the process of discovering the region."

  • Proceed back to the hotel

  • North

Overnight: North
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

6 - Tuesday ( November 12 ) : The Culinary Tapestry of the Galilee



  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Relaxed morning to enjoy the hotel's facilities

  • Akko historical tour and market - Walk through 4,000 years of history in this ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage site. The ancient city of Akko, situated on the Mediterranean coast, is one of the oldest ports in the world, and a city shared by Jews and Muslims. Walk narrow streets past towering ramparts, deep moats, green domes, venerable synagogues, slender Muslim minarets, and secret passageways. Discover the subterranean city built beneath Akko in the Middle Ages by the Crusaders. Learn about the city’s ancient history, as well as its important role in Israel’s modern history.

  • Late lunch at the legendary Uri Buri - For the past 40 years , the popular Uri Buri restaurant has offered a variety of delicately prepared fresh fish and seafood dishes, and boasts a wine list with over 100 different kinds of fine Israeli wines.

  • Haifa - Shuk Talpiot and Bahai Lookout - Take time to explore and eat at the latest Haifa hangout space and modern market. Hear about the gentrification that the city is going through, the history, and the food scene that tells the story of the diverse communities in the past and present.

  • Travel to Tel Aviv & check in

  • Free evening and dinner on your own

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, tastings in Haifa

7 - Wednesday ( November 13 ) : Ancient and Modern Side by Side



  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Tour the picturesque Old Jaffa - Jaffa is one of the most ancient port cities in Israel and the Mediterranean basin. Today Jaffa is a mixed city, where Jews and Arabs live alongside each other. Tel Aviv, Jaffa's younger sister, was established centuries later, in the year 1909, but the two were united into one municipality in 1949, yet each part kept its unique feel and atmosphere. Jaffa has been regenerated in recent years with the old narrow streets and courtyards becoming a highly popular part of Tel Aviv’s urban tapestry.

  • Levinsky Market - the Israeli Mix - The Levinsky Market specializes in spices and Mediterranean delicacies. It is, in many ways, the best market in Tel Aviv, known for its variety, freshness, and special atmosphere. Whether you are looking for a rare Indian spice or some good quality saffron - this is the place. Shops offer a cornucopia of excellent cheeses, smoked fish, wines, and other delicacies. Tour the market and have "tastings" throughout.

  • Spice workshop with Aliza Green - Aliza will give an introduction to the world of Middle Eastern spices, and we’ll get to mix our own spices.

  • Visit an urban roof-top garden in Ramat Gan - The Association for Urban Farming is a non-profit organization that aims to transform urban areas into self-sustaining food systems. Their goal is to create highly nutritious, locally grown produce that is accessible and available to all. Discover how the Association for Urban Farming has developed a large scale model, intended for replication, to increase local and sustainable food production and consumption in metropolitan areas.

  • Dinner at HaBasta - This tiny restaurant and wine bar, just a clutch of round tables on an alley just off Carmel Market, draws its inspiration from the market's fresh offerings. You will be greeted by Maoz Alonim, chef and owner of HaBasta.

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner, Levinsky Market Tasting Tour

8 - Thursday ( November 14 ) : making the desert bloom



  • Breakfast at your hotel & head south

  • The Olive Journey - Visit a family-owned boutique olive oil press. Learn about the history of producing olive oil in the Land of Israel, taste the high-quality local oils and hear about the family farming business.

  • The Culinary Queens of Yerucham - Hosting in their homes while telling guests about their culture and background through recipes. Many of Yerucham's settlers come from Morocco and Yemen and tasting their traditional dishes combined with their stories is truly a treat!

  • Pinto Winery - The Israeli desert is a fascinating and unique terroir, probably on a global scale. The folks at Pinto Winery try to ‘decipher’ the desert terroir, and produce from it elite wines, up there with the country’s finest boutique wines. Pinto winery is owned by Ya’acov Oryah is an experienced and inventive winemaker experimenting with the potential of Israel's complex terroir.

  • Special chef meal at a desert local farm

  • Travel back to Tel Aviv

  • Tel Aviv

Overnight: Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, Wine and cheese, authentic lunch and home hospitality, desert chef meal

9 - Friday ( November 15 ) : The Israeli Story



  • Breakfast at the hotel and free morning - Enjoy an easy morning to experience the city on your own.

  • Recommended: check out the Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market and the Carmel Market - An open-air market in the heart of Tel-Aviv that has become synonymous with quality Israeli crafts and folk art. The market is comprised of over 100 stands representing specialty crafts and folk art in virtually every medium imaginable: wood, stone, sand, glass, ceramics, and various metals with most if not all containing materials or themes found only in Israel.

  • Ethiopian lunch at Balinjera Restaurant

  • Visit at Asif: Culinary Institute of Israel - Asif is a non-profit organization and culinary center in Tel Aviv dedicated to cultivating and nurturing Israel’s diverse and creative food culture, a joint venture of the New York City-based Jewish Food Society and Tel Aviv’s Start-Up Nation Central.

  • Closure guest speaker

  • Farewell meal at a local restaurant

  • Transfer to the airport - L'hitraot! Farewell, we hope to host you again in our beautiful country!

Meal Plan: breakfast, farewell dinner, cocktail workshop


Is there someone who can assist with booking flights?

If you are interested in assistance with flight booking, please refer to our travel partner, Riverdale Travel, for direct bookings. Flights for Experience Israel 2023 will be available to reserve beginning June 1, 2022. If you have any questions or would like to book your flight, please contact Kathy at kathy@riverdaletravel.com. You may also purchase travel insurance by clicking here. **Flight costs for Experience Israel 2023 are not included in the trip costs, and are paid for separately and directly to the airline or travel agent at the time of booking.

What is the best season to visit Israel?

May and October are considered the best times to visit Israel. These months offer fewer crowds, pleasant weather, and less unpredictability compared to summer and winter. Weekly weather forecast

Terms of Payment

Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking.

Balance for the trip is due no later than 60 days prior to the first day of trip. An invoice will be sent 90 days before the trip.

Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions here.

Please note: 

  • The itinerary is subject to change as a result of unforeseen changes from suppliers, weather, etc.
  • This proposal is valid for 1 week for private clients, and 10 days for groups. 


Cancellation Policy

Bookings can be cancelled within 48 hours AFTER REGISTRATION, with a full refund.

For cancellations made:

·         Up to 60 days prior to departure, any payments above the deposit towards the trip will be refunded. The deposit is non-refundable.

·         60-30 days prior to departure, 50% of the total tour cost per person will be refunded.

·         29-0 days prior to departure, the client will incur 100% of the cost of the tour.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing.


What’s Included
Hotel accommodation for 8 nights in 5* hotels v
A private, licensed, English speaking, culinary tour guide v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Meals as listed in the meal plan at the end of each day v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Group transfer to the airport on departure v
Private airport transfer upon arrival v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
VIP services upon arrival & departure v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Airfare v
“We were very excited when we found this tour after searching for trips to Israel. The idea of combining a food tour and the opportunity to see a lot of Israel seemed like a perfect fit. First let me describe the touring element and say I had know idea how thoroughly we would cover the country. While we stayed in four places when you add in the day trips I felt we had incredible exposure to what was a far more beautiful country than I expected. The only complaint anyone could have about the food element was how much was available to eat. The variety was incredible and the quality was very high. Aliza did a great job of finding many unique dining and tasting sites and our Via Sabra guide Orit was the best I have experienced after extensive travel. For us this was the ideal Israel trip.”
Bruce S
Feb 2020
“Trip of a lifetime It was the most interesting, delicious, fun trip that we have ever had to Israel and quite frankly, anyplace! Our tour guide brought everything alive for us and filled our days with so many adventures. Cannot recommend this enough. ”
Ariel P

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